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Writing Your Rhetorical Analysis:
Review the directions for #1 in "A Practice Sequence: Writing a Rhetorical Analysis" (Greene and Lidinsky 79). They are presented below tailored for individual work:
A Practice Sequence: Writing a Rhetorical Analysis
Write a rhetorical analysis of Sherry Turkle’s essay, referring to your notes and citing passages that illustrate ethos, pathos, and logos, as well as situation, purpose, main claim, and audience.
Answer the following questions as part of your analysis in response to Turkle’s essay:
1: Identify the situation(s) motivating Turkle to write and her appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos.
Then evaluate: How well does her argument function as a conversation with other authors who have written on the same topic?
2: Analyze the audience’s identity, perspectives, and conventional expectations.
Then evaluate: How well does the argument function as a conversation with the audience?
3: Analyze the writer’s purpose.
Then evaluate: Do you believe Turkle achieves her purpose in this essay? Why or why not?
Finally, share your observations:
To what extent does the author’s ability as a conversationalist—that is, her ability to enter into a conversation with other authors and her audience—affect your evaluation of whether she achieves her purpose in this essay?
If you were to meet this writer, what suggestions or advice would you give her for making her argument more persuasive?
Use what you discovered from annotating Sherry Turkle’s essay "The Flight from Conversation," our class discussions about her rhetoric, and your answers to the last two bullet points of the Practice Sequence (Greene and Lidinsky 79) to write your own rhetorical analysis of Turkle’s ideas.
Because it must also be an MLA-style documented essay, review the MLA Resources module in Canvas before writing your essay, since it must also include parenthetical citations of the evidence you present, accurate works cited of them, and all your notes pasted after the end of your essay.
You can submit your essay as a Word, PDF file or Google doc with access permission for me.
Rubric Writing a Rhetorical Analysis
1.Appropriate essay composition and grammar – /10
2.Your accurate, clear, and complete analysis of:
a.the writer’s situation and motivation – /10
b.the writer’s purpose – /10
c.the writer’s claims – /10
d.the writer’s approach or appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos – /10
e.the writer’s audience – /10
3.Your observations and reflections about how the writer’s ability as a conversationalist affects your evaluation of whether or not she achieves her purpose. – /10
4.Your advice for making her argument more persuasive. – /10
5.Accurate and appropriate MLA documentation and formatting. – /10
6.Your annotations of all your sources – /10